Why’d I Listen To This Book?:
I initially purchased Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock on audio because Christina at A Reader Of Fictions was giving it all of the praises and she told me I would like it. Clearly, Christina knows my taste because I did indeed enjoy Dairy Queen. However, purchasing something does not always immediately mean I will get to listening to it, just ask all of my unheard audiobooks. I chose this book because I was in the need for a short, fun palate cleanser, and yo, this contemporary young adult book fit the bill perfectly.
What’s The Story Here?:
Basically, Dairy Queen is all about DJ Schwenk and her summer. She pretty much failed English, so in order to make up her grade she’s writing a paper on her summer. She’s not one of those kids who goes to Europe or fancy people camp over vacation. Instead, DJ is much like the rest of us. She spends her summer working on her family’s dairy farm. It’s hard for DJ, though, because the farm is struggling, and her dad was recently injured, so he is unable to be much help. Also, her brothers are off in college and they have had a falling out with her dad. Aside from farming being in her blood, football is also in DJ’s blood as her dad and her older brothers were football stars. Her little brother, Curtis, is also destined to be a football star too. This becomes important later because this is one of those books where the girl plays football – only you guys DJ is not at all obnoxious like certain other characters. OH! And to make DJ’s summer even more complicated, Brian Nelson is being forced to work on her family’s farm because he needs to learn work ethic — FYI he is quarterback for her school’s rival team.
What’s The Verdict On DJ Schwenk?:
DJ Schwenk is authentic, you guys. I mean, she’s not like a bookworm’s wet dream. Instead, she is not a genius. She’s not gorgeous. She’s awkward without being ‘cute’. She struggles in academics. I liked her. I liked that she was quiet because she was thinking of what to say. I liked that she was direct with people – even with Brian. I liked that she didn’t take anyone’s bullshit. I liked that she grew from being someone who keeps everything inside to being the sort of character who talks about her feeling. There is legitimate character development in Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock.
Are There Swoons?:
There is kissing, yes. I will admit that. There are also multiple instances of angst. And tension. And surprises. BIG SURPRISES. While this isn’t quite Anna And The French Kiss when it comes to romance, it’s still there and in an amount that I found to be satisfactory.
How’s The Narration?:
I might have recently complained in a different review about the narrator being too subdued. In this audiobook, Natalie Moore, the narrator shines. She puts on this awesome, what I would imagine to be a Wisconsin accent. She does different voices. She’s never boring and there were zero instances where I felt like zoning out. Also? If you like short books, you will like this — it’s only 6 hours and 7 minutes long. OH and it’s produced by Listening Library which usually does a superb job.
Sum It Up With A GIF:
I picked this one because Dairy Queen features a girl who plays football who is not annoying and of course I thought of Becky from Little Giants who I also thought was not annoying as a kid. Also? Both girls just really kick it.
Disclosure: Purchased My Own Copy, Suckas!